Documents For US Student Visa: All That You Need To Know

    Updated on: 22 May 2022


    The United States with its top-notch universities and esteemed professors is at the forefront of learning and hence, it is no surprise that attracts the highest number of international students. Every year more than 10 lakh students come to the United States for studies in the best international universities and to elevate their career to the next level.

    However, even after getting selected for your dream course, the last step and an important step of getting the student visa still needs to be completed. Getting a student visa is not an easy process as it involves a number of steps, a plethora of documents and of course, the critical visa interview. The Visa officer takes the visa interview and he is a trained professional and ensures that you have a good motive for going to the United States. It is recommended that as soon as you finalise your college, you ought to apply for the student visa. Applying at the right time is very important. At the same time, there is a constraint though, as the visa cannot be issued more than 120 days in advance to your program commencement.

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    The US Visa Process 

    What Are The Documents Required To Fill Before The US Visa Interview?

    Complete the DS-160 form and take a printout of the confirmation.  The next important step is to fill the I-20 form, which is issued by the university. Ensure that you make the payment for the form on the immigration website. 

    How Much Is The Fee For A US Visa Interview Appointment?

    Once you have a confirmation from your university, you can schedule the visa appointment.  Two appointments have to be taken – one for the Visa Application Centre (VAC) and the other for the visa interview at the US Embassy.  Note that the appointment at the VAC has to be scheduled at least a day before the interview at the  Embassy. 

    The SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) and the visa application fees of $200 and $160 respectively have to be paid before the interview. 

    Which Documents Are Required For The VAC Appointment?

    The documents needed for the VAC appointment are:

    1. A valid Indian passport with validity at least 6 months beyond your stay 
    2. DS-160 confirmation page
    3. Appointment Confirmation
    4. A passport size photograph with white background
    5. I-20 form sent by the university

    Which Documents Are Required For The Embassy Or Consulate Appointment?

    After the visa application centre, the student has to visit the embassy for the visa interview. The documents required are:- 

    1. Appointment confirmation
    2. DS-160 confirmation page
    3. All the current and old passports
    4. A passport size photograph with white background
    5. If needed supporting documents mentioned in the appointment confirmation
    6. I-20 form sent by the university
    7. Valid test score sheets as required according to field of study

    How To Get Help For US Visa Interview Preparation?

    The US Visa interview process can be complicated and perplexing. Many students present everything they are asked for during the visa interview and still don’t get their application approved. Re-applying for a student visa without knowing the shortcomings can be a set up for future denials and non-refundable visa application fees also get wasted. The best way out of this problem is to be well-prepared for the process in advance. GyanDhan has partnered with officers who have worked for the U.S. Department of State in embassies and consulates around the world. These consultants are all former U.S. Government employees who have worked as visa officers on behalf of the U.S. State Department in embassies and consulates and have conducted millions of official visa interviews. You can contact GyanDhan to get the help in visa application & interview preparation. We have many options in terms of visa consulting ensuring the best help possible. 

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    Please ensure that you produce all the genuine documents at the interview. If a person is found with fake documents, his/her request for a visa will be denied by the consular officer. 

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